Confronted with someone wearing well the wisdom of a Jedi master, it might have been easy to say to Clive Coates, Master of Wine and all wines French, “Help me, Obi-Wine Kenobi, you're my only hope.” I didn't, though, as Coates was holding court at Saglimbeni Fine Wines last Saturday
Instead, I girded my loins and asked this question: “What would you say to a person wanting to begin an exploration of the wines of
Now, go back and to said shop and ask this question: “I liked â??y'; what do you have that's similar?” It might help to know that 2005 and 2006 are considered especially good vintages in Bordeauxâ??though the vintage thing is taking on less importance these days with improved (let's hope not tricked-out) winemaking. 2007, he said, is also good but lighter. All, though, should be ready for drinkingâ??remembering that we're not talking the Cheval Blancs here. “With hundreds of years of winemaking `under their belts`, the French have got it right by now,” he added.
Though it may be harder to find wines priced at an introductory level (okay, cheap) in, say,
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